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Lions Clubs International

Founded by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917 as a union of independent American business clubs, Lions Clubs now operate throughout the world and in thousands of individual American communities under the simple motto “We Serve.” Local Lions Club chapters engage in a wide variety of activities in their communities; the organization in a larger sense has consistently devoted itself to eradicating blindness and to helping the visually impaired. These efforts range from a local club’s campaign to encourage people to donate unneeded eyeglasses for redistribution to needy people, to the international organization’s SightFirst campaign, an ambitious international program to deal with preventable and reversible sight loss around the world. The organization is also active in disaster relief, diabetes education, youth development, and housing for the disabled on an international basis.